Faith Academy (Mobile, Alabama)

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Faith Academy
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Location
Faith Academy is located in Alabama
Faith Academy
Faith Academy
8650 Tanner Williams Rd.
Mobile, AL 36608

United States
Coordinates30°42′11″N 88°14′42″W / 30.70293°N 88.24493°W / 30.70293; -88.24493Coordinates: 30°42′11″N 88°14′42″W / 30.70293°N 88.24493°W / 30.70293; -88.24493
Information
TypePrivate/coeducational/secondary
MottoTo God Be The Glory
Opened1969
NCES School IDA9100128
PrincipalBarry Pickering
HeadmasterTim Skelton
GradesK-12
Enrollment1720 (2016[1])
Campus size53 acres (21 ha)
Campus typeSuburban
Color(s)         Maroon and white
MascotRambo the Ram
NicknameRams
AffiliationNon-denominational
Website

Faith Academy is an independent, religious, co-educational private school in Mobile, Alabama, United States.

The school was founded as Lott Road Christian Grade School in 1969, and was located in Eight Mile, Alabama for nineteen years until moving to its current location in 1988. The school changed its name during the 1971-1972 school year to reflect its emphasis on faith.

School history[edit]

Faith Academy was first envisioned in early 1967 at a men's prayer meeting of Lott Road Baptist Church in Eight Mile, Alabama. Desiring to provide quality Christian education for children and young people, they opened Lott Road Christian Grade School was begun in a single, two-story building located behind the church in 1969. The school had 170 students in grades one through six and eight teachers. The name was changed to Faith Academy during the 1971-1972 school year.[2]

The school grew rapidly; by the school year 1972-1973, enrollment increased to 547 students in grades one through twelve. Kindergarten was added in the 1975-1976 school year. Faith Academy remained in Eight Mile for nineteen years, but moved to the present site on Tanner Williams Road in Mobile, Alabama, in the summer of 1988. The enrollment remained at approximately 500 students in grades kindergarten through twelve. During the 1990-1991 school year, the school was accredited by the Alabama Independent School Association.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Athletics[edit]

The Boys Basketball team has won five consecutive regionals, won three consecutive regional titles and three consecutive state semifinals.[3] In 2015, the team won USA Today's Best Boys Basketball Program contest with over 568,000 votes.[3] In 2014 and 2015, they have been ranked No. 1 in Class 5A.[4]

The school's baseball team was coached by Lloyd Skoda for 29 non-consecutive years, who continues to teach other classes at the school.[5] Skoda, who retired in 2013 after celebrating his 900th win, won 11 AISA state tiles at Faith and was inducted into the Alabama Baseball Association Hall of Fame in 2003.[6] With a 2.2 million dollar baseball/softball facility, Faith has the top baseball facility in southeast Alabama.

Football is led by Lance Lawley, who took the reins after Greg Caldwell and Rusty Mason both stepped down.[7] Faith football proved very successful in the AISA but has struggled since moving to the AHSAA. In 2003, Caldwell alongside head coach Robby James "helped transform the program from an AISA doormat into a state title contender," compiling 72-22 record in eight seasons under James.[8] The Rams fell to 3-7 in 2008 in the first season as part of the AHSAA ranks, and James resigned in 2009. Caldwell was promoted to head coach but resigned after three consecutive losing seasons.[9]

Missions[edit]

In 2014, after ten years of planning, Faith Academy opened a school in Ghana, West Africa.[10]

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Private School Universe Survey". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved 9 January 2018.
  2. ^ Levins, Angela (October 9, 2014). "Homecoming Throwback celebrates the early years with Satsuma, Saraland, St. Luke's and Faith Academy". al.com. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Faith Academy in Mobile, Ala., wins Best Boys Basketball Program contest". USA Today. February 9, 2015. Retrieved February 9, 2015.
  4. ^ "Faith Academy 73, St. Paul's 51: No. 1 Rams run win streak to 24". Press-Register. January 16, 2015. Retrieved February 9, 2015.
  5. ^ Ben Thomas (May 7, 2013). "Faith Academy baseball coach Lloyd Skoda announces his retirement after 39 years". Press-Register. Retrieved July 3, 2014.
  6. ^ Ben Thomas (April 11, 2013). "Lloyd Skoda's success not measured in wins -- though there are plenty of them". Press-Register. Retrieved April 11, 2013.
  7. ^ Josh Bean (December 6, 2011). "Rusty Mason hired as new football coach at Faith Academy". Press-Register. Retrieved April 11, 2013.
  8. ^ Josh Bean (April 7, 2009). "Caldwell promoted at Faith Academy". Press-Register. Retrieved April 11, 2013.
  9. ^ Josh Bean (November 10, 2011). "Faith Academy football coach Gary Caldwell resigns after three seasons". Press-Register. Retrieved April 11, 2013.
  10. ^ "Faith Academy Opens School in West Africa". Local 15 News. March 14, 2014. Archived from the original on March 26, 2014. Retrieved July 3, 2014.